Thank You to Our Amazing Volunteers!

GUND KWOK, Asian Women's Lion & Dragon Dance Troupe | Boston, MA USA

We’d like to thank our amazing volunteers for making this year’s Boston Chinatown Lunar New Year Celebration a success!

From holding flags to dropping lion heads & a dragon off to going to all the shops so that they’d be ready for us to steering the drum cart to making sure our supply cart was stocked to crowd control and to everything else in between — we THANK YOU!

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Dragon Dance Performance at QARI Lunar New Year Market & Food Festival on Saturday, JAN 30th

GUND KWOK, Asian Women's Lion & Dragon Dance Troupe | Boston, MA USA

The GK Dragonettes will take the stage at 1PM on Saturday, January 30th at North Quincy High School in Quincy, MA to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

This year’s event still includes free live entertainment, along with a new karaoke session featuring a DJ in the auditorium. There will be a New Year market inspired by the night markets found in Asia, which will feature retail vendors selling traditional goods for New Year and crafts from local artists and businesses.

The event is FREE and open to the public from 1PM-7PM. For more information, check Quincy Asian Resource for all the latest updates!

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Boston Shines Neighborhood Cleanup: Chinatown, Saturday May 10th

Boston Shines Neighborhood Cleanup: Chinatown Saturday, May 10th

The GK Team will be out in full force Saturday morning, May 10th in Boston Chinatown for the annual neighborhood cleanup called Boston Shines.

Spring is coming and it’s once again time for Boston Shines! This annual, city-wide clean-up has become a staple in the City of Boston, and we look forward to continuing this wonderful tradition with the new Administration. It will take place over three weekends this Spring, divided regionally to allow for the best use of resources.

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GK Cubs at BCNC’s Chinese New Year Banquet on Fri, Mar 7th!

BCNC's Chinese New Year Banquet

This Friday on March 7, 2014, the GK Cubs will be taking the stage to celebrate the New Year with the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center at the Empire Garden Restaurant in Chinatown.

BCNC's Chinese New Year Banquet
GK Cubs at BCNC, 2012

Go GK Cubs!

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GK Featured in the Sampan Newspaper

Image courtesy of Mary “Molly” Finn
Image courtesy of Mary “Molly” Finn

In last week’s issue of the Sampan Newspaper, the GK Dragonettes were featured in an article re-capping the Boston Chinatown Lunar New Year Festival. Beautiful photo!

Chinatown rings in Lunar New Year
By Mary “Molly” Finn

On a bright and crisp morning, the greater Chinatown community gathered in Philips Square to begin the Year of the Horse with good fortune and luck on Feb. 9. Several local leaders and community sponsors greeted the crowd in Chinese and English for a productive new year and appreciation for the traditional performances.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh pledged to work with his council to make sure long-term residents can stay in Chinatown.

Boston District 2 city councilor Bill Linehan thanked Chinatown families, residents of District 2, for their support. Linehan said the Year of the Horse is symbolic for him because he has been called a “cowboy.” Linehan hoped the next year embodied the strong and energetic qualities of a horse, full of prosperity.

Michelle Wu, the first Asian female Boston city councilor-at-large wished the crowd a happy new year. Malden Mayor Gary Christenson, captured the crowd’s attention as he read his speech, composed entirely in Mandarin. And Lisa Wong, mayor of Fitchburg, reminded people that the most important thing is family. She asked for help wishing her grandmother, a late Chinatown resident, “Gong hei fat choi!” or good luck and prosperity.

The dances were full of color and energy as the lions jumped around the stage. Ultimately a lion tossed an orange, a symbol of prosperity, to a lucky young member in the crowd. Of the six acts, one featured Gund Kwok, the first all-women’s lion dance club, taking the stage with two bright yellow lions and their tamer. Recently recognized on NPR, Gund Kwok has expanded the Chinese tradition of martial arts here in Boston from a historically male-dominated sport.

Phuni Meston held her younger daughter and swayed to the beat of the drum to keep warm as the lion dancers performed. This is her younger daughter’s second Chinese New Year celebration. Her husband, Eddy, studied kung fu for more than two decades at the White Crane School, formally known as Woo Ching’s Bak Hok Pai, which performed at the event.

Meston said it was “so important to expose my daughters to kung fu to find balance in life and maintain a cultural connection” to their heritage. Having grown up in Taiwan, she saw much political strife; meanwhile, cultural traditions, dance and celebrations sustained the people throughout the years.

The cultural performances celebrated Chinese New Year, which officially began Jan. 31.

Visit Sampan.org for the original article.

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GK Dragon Dance at QARI Lunar New Year Festival

GK Dragonettes take the stage!

What a great crowd and a great time at North Quincy High School this past Sunday for the Quincy Lunar New Year Festival. Luckily, it didn’t snow that much the night before so the show was able to go on as planned.

It was a lot of fun. The GK lions along with the lions from Wah Lum Kung Fu Academy paraded down to the stage with the GK Dragon following.

Thank you QARI for having us!

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Become a GK Volunteer for Lunar New Year Festival!

Become a GK Volunteer!

Help ring in the upcoming Lunar New Year (Year of the Horse) with the Gund Kwok Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe, as they parade through the streets of Chinatown and lion dance for the stores and restaurants, as well as perform on the main stage. Gund Kwok is one of 8-10 troupes performing that day. You also get to experience an unforgettable day of Chinese New Year sights, sounds, and smells!

Get a glimpse of the experience from last year – look at GK pictures from Lunar New Year 2013:

As a volunteer ….

Roles:
You will be assigned to be a

  • flag carrier
  • crowd control person
  • runner
  • cart lugger
  • photographer
  • videographer
  • helping with miscellaneous tasks

Attire:
You will get to borrow and wear a Gund Kwok hooded sweatshirt to identify that you are with the Troupe. Please dress in layers and wear hats, scarves and gloves/mittens. Please wear black pants and comfortable, appropriate footwear. Ear plugs, hand and toe warmer packets are provided if needed. Please do not carry any backpacks or other bags on you — personal belongings may be kept at the GK “Den” (someone is stationed during the entire day to track the comings and goings of all volunteers and troupe members, and to keep an eye on your belongings).

Food:
Breakfast and lunch are provided. ALL volunteers are invited to stay for a free dinner that evening to thank you for your time and commitment (Restaurant: Hei La Moon, in Chinatown)

Information/Contact Info:
Days prior to the Festival, you will receive documents and information for the day of the Festival, including FAQ’s and Volunteer Role Descriptions, and information for the Gund Kwok Volunteer Liaison (your main volunteer contact on that day).

Date/Time:
Sunday, February 9, 2014 / 9:00am – 4pm (shifts available)

Where:
Boston Chinatown; meet at China Trade Center; 2 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

Volunteer SHIFTS

All day:
9:00 am to 4 pm (or whenever we finish)

Half Day:
9:00 am to 1pm

Transportation:
Take public transportation. Street parking is virtually non-existent on the day of the event.

MBTA:

  • Green Line – “Boylston Street” T stop
  • Orange Line – “Chinatown” or “New England Medical Center” T stops
  • Red Line – “Downtown Crossing” or “Park Street” T stops

RSVP with:

  1. your shift preference
  2. your role preference, and
  3. yes/no to join for dinner

RSVP by Sunday, February 2 by filling out the form below:

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Kung Fu Federation Mid-Autumn Celebration Dinner

The Ladies of GK at the Kung Fu Federation's Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration
The Ladies of GK at the Kung Fu Federation’s Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration

A few members from both the lion and dragon teams came out to celebrate the Kung Fu Federation’s Mid Autumn Festival at the Hei La Moon restaurant in Boston, MA last Sunday on September 15.

The evening opened up with a lion dance performance followed by a solo performance of traditional Chinese dance, martial arts demonstrations in tai chi, kung fu, shao lin, Filipino fight sticks, and more. It was action-packed.

Sifus, instructors, and representatives from respective schools and troupes gather for a photo together.
Sifus, instructors, and representatives from respective schools and troupes gather for a photo together.
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Boston August Moon Festival 2013

Boston Chinatown August Moon Festival

The Boston August Moon Festival will be taking place this coming Sunday in Chinatown!

GK will be up on the stage first with both lion and dragon dance performances. The weather is looking to be just perfect so come on out! The event runs until 5PM.

🙂

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ASPIRE’s Scholarship Award Ceremony

Gund Kwok was honored and proud to award the recipients of this year’s ASPIRE scholarship.

With financial support from the Gund Kwok Asian Women Lion & Dragon Dance Troupe, ASPIRE launched the Asian American Women’s Scholarship in 2011. The goal of the scholarship is to support an outstanding and community-oriented Asian American young woman in her pursuit of higher education.

The event, Dear Diary: Re-imagining the Pages, was held on Friday, May 24 at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center and brought the community together to hear featured stories of young Asian American women.

Gund Kwok Asian Women's Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe Scholarship Award Ceremony
Opening the scholarship ceremony. (photo courtesy of Andy Lee)
Gund Kwok Asian Women's Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe Scholarship Award Ceremony
The lion presenting scholarships to the chosen recipients. (photo courtesy of Andy Lee)
Gund Kwok Asian Women's Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe Scholarship Award Ceremony
Congratulations Ladies! (photo courtesy of Andy Lee)
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Kung Fu Federation Banquet

Gund Kwok at Kung Fu Federation Banquet in Boston, MA
GK lion and dragon members attending the Kung Fu Federation Banquet held at Hei La Moon Restaurant in Boston, MA
Gund Kwok at Kung Fu Federation Banquet
It was a night of martial arts and…FOOD!
Gund Kwok at Kung Fu Federation Banquet in Boston, MA
There was no food left — the ladies ate everything! Well done, well done 🙂

It was a great night filled with martial arts, food, and drinks — that’s about what makes for a fun GK night 🙂

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